Tampa, FL (AP) - A state constitutional amendment that would
have drastically changed the development approval process in
Florida has been rejected by voters.
With 21 percent of the expected vote counted, Amendment 4 had
been rejected by 65 percent of voters.
Amendment 4 on Tuesday's ballot would have required voter
approval to change city, town and county comprehensive land-use
Backers called the measure "Florida Hometown Democracy." They
included environmental organizations, civic associations and
slow-growth advocates. They said Amendment 4 would protect the
environment and reduce congestion and urban sprawl.
Opponents included business groups, developers and some labor
unions. They said Amendment 4 would seriously damage the economy,
cost jobs and make it more difficult to lure companies to the
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